6/4/2008 - Swerve

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1 kings.c.22.v.52b. ...and in the way of Jereboam the son of Nebat, who made Isreal to sin...


There is almost no sin which vexes the Spirit of the living God in the way that the sin of idolatry does. St. Paul teaches in Romans.c.1.v.21-25...for although they knew God they did not honour Him as God or give thanks to Him but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man or birds or animals or reptiles. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonouring of their bodies among themselves. Because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator Who is blessed forever!....
So what was the great sin of Jereboam the son of Nebat wherewith he made Isreal to sin? in the old testament we read that within the 1st hundred years of the monarchy there was a schism and Isreal was divided between Judah in the north with Reheboam as king and the rest of Isreal in the south who took Jereboam to be king.
Jereboam's problem was that the centre of worship for all Jews was in Jerusalem the capital of Judah, so all Isreal would travel to Jerusalem to offer sacrifice and worship at the temple of God there and he was afraid, in so doing the hearts of the people would turn back to the house of David and he would be deposed and killed. Jereboam's solution to this was to build shrines one at Bethel and one at Dan, and he made golden calves at each and proclaimed to the people of Isreal "behold o Isreal, these are the gods who brought you up out of the land of Egypt."
This was a huge swerve away from worshipping the one true and living God and he took Isreal with him. God never let Isreal forget this sin and faithfully it is recorded again and again in the history and chronicles of the kings of Isreal....the sin of Jereboam the son of Nebat who made Isreal to sin, and eventually it was this sin which caused the Jews to be carried off captive to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzer.
I cannot trace the exact time or place within the 1st century of the church that a decision was made to set up the eucharist as the central focus of worship by the people of God, there is a dearth of written evidence of the history and doings of the apostolic church between the 28th chapter of the acts of the apostles [which ends rather abruptly] and the sudden appearance of the church fathers [so called] and apologists at the turn of the 1st century teaching sacraments and an episcopal clergy of priests and bishops to administer them. There must somewhere be a written account stashed away in some vault somewhere recording the decision.
The elevation of the eucharist as the central focus of worship is a huge swerve away from worshipping the one true and living God as great as that of Jereboam's golden calves and is idolatry.
There is no doubt whatever in my mind that this was the true cause of God withdrawing the manifest Presence of the Holy Spirit with His gifts and ministrations from the church.
I say manifest Presence because God does not withdraw His Presence, but this I assure you the Holy Spirit will never bear witness to a falsehood and sacramental religion administered by an heirarchal priesthood and clergy is false . He has however always borne witness to His word, when it is believed in, down through the long years of church history.

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11/16/2009 - Scriptural reference to the early church practice of eucharist

Posted by Brad
I agree with you on the doctrine of transubstantiation :) Here's the reference, Paul is not particularly happy with the Corinthians here, and ends up laying down how to practice the Lord's Supper:

1 Corinthians 11:17-34 (NIV)

The Lord's Supper
17 In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. 18 In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. 19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God's approval. 20 When you come together, it is not the Lord's Supper you eat, 21 for as you eat, each of you goes ahead without waiting for anybody else. One remains hungry, another gets drunk. 22 Don't you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you for this? Certainly not!
23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

27 Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31 But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. 32 When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.

33 So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for each other. 34 If anyone is hungry, he should eat at home, so that when you meet together it may not result in judgment.
And when I come I will give further directions.
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5/12/2010 - Hey Brad 2

Posted by The Totton Linnet
Did You see how Paul [and through him the Holy Ghost] put in that "on the night He was betrayed"

We must walk softly before the Lord in the matter of breaking bread.
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